Athens Review, Athens, Texas

November 7, 2013

Local sales-tax revenue up

Rich Flowers
The Athens Review

Athens — The City of Athens had an unusually strong showing in its November sales tax allocation from State Comptroller Susan Combs.

The city’s total was $491,964.90, a 12.25-percent gain over the previous November. Athens is 5.88 percent of 2012 in the year-to-date allocation total.

Athens Director of Finance David Hopkins said he could not give a definite answer as to what fueled the city’s October gain, but said it could point to an extra-strong year in back-to-school retail purchases.

Combs announced in a press release that state sales-tax revenues in October of $2.14 billion, are up 5.4 percent, compared to October, 2012. Checks for local sales-tax allocations totaling $654.6 million, are up 7 percent, compared to November, 2012.

“Growth in sales-tax revenues was led by collections from the telecommunications sector,” Combs said. “The construction sector also showed significant gains. State sales tax revenue has increased for 43 consecutive months.”

Chandler also figured strongly in the October allocations. The city’s $63,469.50 allocation represents a gain of 20.87 percent over 2012.

The following is a list of Henderson County municipalities, followed by their October 2013 allocation, the October 2012 allocation and the percent of change.

• Athens — 491,964.90 — 438,255.36 — (12.25 percent);    

• Berryville — 744.50 — 1,015.68 — (-26.69 percent);    

• Brownsboro — 11,134.92 — 11,295.68 — (-1.42 percent);    

• Caney City — 4,874.15 — 5,061.22 — (-3.69 percent);    

• Chandler — 63,469.50 — 52,506.66 —    (20.87 percent);    

• Coffee City — 11,666.24 — 28,242.29 — (-58.69 percent);    

• Eustace — 6,259.36 — 7,972.14 — (-21.48 percent) ;   

• Gun Barrel City — 261,905.84 — 268,429.48 — (-2.43 percent);    

• Log Cabin — 2,572.05 — 2,262.56 — (13.67 percent);    

• Malakoff — 32,503.89 — 28,810.94 — (12.81 percent);    

• Murchison    —  9,287.71 — 4,431.12 — (109.60 percent);

• Payne Springs — 6,449.75 — 8,877.66 — (-27.34 percent);

• Poynor — 5,156.72 — 1,104.59 — (366.84 percent);

• Seven Points — 38,169.74 — 37,315.83 — (2.28 percent);    

• Tool — 6,382.20 — 6,764.81 — (-5.65 percent);    

• Trinidad — 9,992.41 — 10,904.04 — (-8.36 percent);    

• County Total — 962,533.88 — 913,250.06 — (5.39 percent).